Wenger: Penalty was scandalous

first_imgWatford v Arsenal Penalty was a ‘scandalous’ decision, claims Wenger Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Arsene Wenger Arsenal BEN STANSALL Watford v Arsenal Watford Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger A controversial penalty decision helped Watford fight back to beat Arsenal on Saturday, leaving the Gunners manager fuming at the call Arsene Wenger accused referee Neil Swarbrick of making a “scandalous” call as a dubious second-half penalty helped Watford rally to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Club captain Per Mertesacker celebrated his first Premier League appearance in 532 days with a thumping header to give the visitors a first-half lead.Tadic 11/2 FGS v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, after Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil failed to convert glorious opportunities to double Arsenal’s lead, Swarbrick judged Hector Bellerin had fouled Richarlison inside the area, enabling substitute Troy Deeney to score an equaliser from the spot in the 71st minute.Watford went on to grab an injury-time winner too, as Tom Cleverley popped up in the right place to slam home a loose ball and hand Arsenal their first defeat in eight games.#WFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/I7DgDc3cGf — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 14, 2017 “It was a scandalous decision to give a penalty like that,” Wenger told BBC Sport. “But we have to deal with it. We had many times the chance to score the second goal. When one-on-one with their goalkeeper, we missed them. In the end, we were punished for it.”The referee was much closer than me [for Watford’s penalty], so you trust his decision. Having seen it again on replay, however, it’s difficult to understand.”We missed a few final balls as well, where we should have been better. But as long as you don’t score that second goal, any decision can hurt you.”Deeney’s impact off the bench made a real difference to the game, with Watford switching from three at the back to a 4-4-2 system following the introduction of their club captain.Wenger, though, felt Arsenal’s attempts to hold on for a point were dealt a blow when Laurent Koscielny – who was playing for the first time since the 2-0 win at West Brom on September 25 – was forced off through injury in the 85th minute.”We didn’t know if Koscielnly would survive for 90 minutes,” he added.”When I looked to change Iwobi with [Jack] Wilshere, Koscielny was not right. In the end, we suffered a bit centrally.”last_img read more


9 months agoWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stay

first_imgWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


The Manual Wind: Jacquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Watches are an art form.  When art and watchmaking are mentioned in the same phrase, it typically refers to watch movements.  The art of watchmaking can certainly refer to the amazing engineering and technological prowess necessary to produce extraordinary movements.  Art in watchmaking can extend to more than just a watch movement as Jacquet Droz has proven once again.  Mosaic dials have been used over the years but not like in their new Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant.The ancient art of eggshell mosaic is brought to watchmaking for the first time in a handcrafted scene of elephant migration.  Quail eggshells are hand picked and placed to put together this mosaic scene to create an amazing dial for this 43mm rose gold timepiece.  2,000 pieces are hand sorted and then hand placed taking 200 hours to complete.  This truly artisan timepiece will only be recreated to complete a limited edition series of eight pieces.  The time on this piece is told with rose gold hands on a small black onyx dial.  This work of art is attached to your wrist with a black crocodile strap and rose gold tang buckle.  Turn the watch over and the rotor of this in-house automatic movement shows you the elephant marching on.Jacquet Droz has a history of implementing some of the most of rare and unique dials in their timepieces.  We have seen rare earth materials and hand painted enamel dials from them as well, but this eggshell mosaic truly tumps all.  The price is unpublished but is certain to be very high; if you can get your hands on one. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more


Penashue asks ethics commissioner to reexamine his file

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue released a letter Thursday asking the federal ethics commissioner to re-examine his file for any potential conflicts arising from his former role as a Labrador Innu treaty negotiator and an agreement guaranteeing the Innu businesses contracts from a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric development in Labrador.Penashue was a lead negotiator in the New Dawn agreement between the Innu Nation in Labrador, Ottawa and the Newfoundland and Labrador government. The agreement was signed while Penashue was in cabinet and it was a crucial step in pushing the Lower Churchill project forward, which includes the $7.4 billion Muskrat Falls development.The New Dawn agreement included an impact benefit agreement giving the Innu millions of dollars in royalties and guaranteed contracts for their businesses from the Lower Churchill project. Construction of the Muskrat Falls dam is the first phase of the project.The agreement also included an agreement-in-principle on self-government and compensation for loss of hunting grounds due to flooding from the 1969 Upper Churchill River hydroelectric project.In his Nov. 29 dated letter, Penashue wrote that he initially sought guidance from Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson when he was first appointed to the Harper government cabinet to ensure he met the requirements under the Conflict of Interest Act and the Conflict of Interest Code. Penashue wrote that he was cleared of any potential conflict.“You provided a ruling indicating that no additional measure was required at the time beyond disclosure to your official of my prior involvement with the Labrador Innu Treaty negotiations,” wrote Penashue.The minister, however, wrote that he wanted the commissioner to re-examine the issue.“I appreciate your direction on this matter. Should additional information be required or should you wish to follow up directly, I am available to you or your office,” wrote Penashue.The Harper government is currently contemplating whether to issue a loan guarantee to the Newfoundland and Labrador government for the Muskrat Falls project, which is being lead by the province’s public utility. The loan guarantee could cut millions of dollars from the province’s borrowing costs.Penashue’s possible role in Ottawa’s loan guarantee decision has recently triggered questions about the Labrador MP’s ties to the project.The Intergovernmental Affairs minister’s former business partners and brother recently landed a contract with the project.Liberal Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews said recently the ethics commissioner should investigate Penashue’s links to the Muskrat Falls project.“If you have a company or an interest in a company that is going to bid on a contract, you have to remove yourself from the discussion,” said federal Liberal Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews, who is his party’s ethics critic. “It is something the Ethics Commissioner should look into it.”There is no straight line between Penashue and the Muskrat Falls project, but the winding path begins with his filings to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and flows through a company headed by his wife and a separate firm headed by two senior executives with Newfoundland and Labrador firm Pennacon.Pennacon is in a business partnership with Penashue’s brother Max Penashue and their firm, Liannu LLP, is actively pursuing and landing contracts from the Muskrat Falls project.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more


Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti hopes for era of peace with publishers after

Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti hopes for era of peace with publishers after difficult 2014 NEW YORK, N.Y. – The overseer of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace.With a monthslong standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice-president Russ Grandinetti said Wednesday that he looks forward to an era of “focusing on growing the business.”He said such disputes, which led to Amazon removing “Pre-order” buttons from some Hachette books and reducing discounts, rarely become so public and the company’s goal is to “keep it rare.”Grandinetti was interviewed on stage during Digital Book World, a three-day gathering in midtown Manhattan. Harsh words were exchanged last year between Amazon and Hachette officials, but Grandinetti said Wednesday that the interests of Amazon and publishers were “highly aligned.”Publishers, writers and editors have criticized Amazon, by far the country’s biggest bookseller, for everything from setting e-book prices too low to publishing their own books and competing with its suppliers. Writers published by Amazon have complained that the Kindle Unlimited subscription program was costing them royalties.During a roughly 30-minute conversation with two of Digital Book World’s organizers — industry consultant Mike Shatzkin and Michael Cader, founder of the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch — Grandinetti said Amazon was “super focused on happy authors” and treated them with the same dedication it treats customers, constantly seeking feedback.He also emphasized that Amazon was both changing the industry and continuing long-term practices.“More approaches to publishing I think is pretty healthy: The more competition there is, the more choices there are for authors, the more we figure out what succeeds,” he said.He added that Scribner and Doubleday were among the publishers who ran bookstores and that Barnes & Noble also published books. “This idea is not terribly unusual.”Shatzkin noted that with e-books sales and online purchases levelling off, the book industry might be in for a relatively stable period. Grandinetti was skeptical. He said observations like that made him nervous, and wondered whether similar comments were offered in the months before Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader in 2007 and effectively launched the e-book revolution.“It’s hard to predict when things emerge that cause you to have to change the business,” he said. by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2015 3:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Royalty review results expected any day

by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 27, 2016 7:34 am MDT Related Stories Royalty review likely to please some, anger others: political scientist Royalty review results expected any day The province is expected to release the results of its royalty review any day now.While we still don’t know exactly what the changes will be, it’s a safe bet the Notley government has had to adjust its plans, as oil has cratered since they promised to do the review during the election campaign.Any increase to royalty rates right now would be another hit for producers, but David Yager, National Leader Oilfield Services MNP LLP, says if you made a list of the ten things that matter during one of the slowest drilling seasons in years, the review would probably rank eleventh, adding most companies are focused on the short term.“The provincial government has already said there will be no changes in 2016 and has hinted that this won’t make business materially different in a period of low prices,” he said.Ted Morton with the School of Public Policy says he doesn’t expect much change, pointing out with $30 per barrel oil, there’s no room to take anymore.“They’ve taken, from the oil companies’ perspective, corporate taxes went up in July and the big carbon tax was imposed at the end of November,” he explained.Yager says companies are more concerned about keeping the lights on day-to-day than with what the review might produce.Morton suspects we could see something where higher royalties kick in if oil makes a recovery; adding as it stand, royalty rates in Alberta are done on a sliding scale.“The higher the price that oil and gas is selling for the bigger the cut, the bigger the royalty the government gets,” he said. “Conversely, the lower the price the smaller the cut.”He adds the bottom line is that premier Notley really needs this to go her way.“She’s already, in a certain sense, lost at least the first round on pipeline politics,” said Morton “Her charm offensive and carbon reduction policies that she unleashed in November really haven’t worked. She doesn’t have much political capital left so I don’t see her picking a fight with the oil and gas sector on these royalties.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Madagascar UN chief commends leaders State institutions following historic milestone election

Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that “the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) and the High Constitutional Court (HCC), civil society and religious leaders, as well as the leadership of the Government”, should be “commended for being part of this historic milestone.”In a hotly-contested campaign, 44-year-old Mr. Rajoelina won the 19 December run-off with more than 55 per cent of the vote, while his main rival for the Indian Ocean island’s top job, another former President, Marc Ravalomanana, took more than 44 per cent, in figures released by the HCC, and quoted in media reports.World Bank figures show that in 2017, around three-quarters of Malagasys were living in extreme poverty, earning $1.90 or less per day. This is despite steady improvements to the economy overall since constitutional order was restored, in 2014 following 5 years of political crisis. President-elect Rajoelina, first served during that period as President of the transitional Government. “The Secretary-General notes the announcement of the final results…and congratulates President-elect Andry Rajoelina,” said the statement.  “He also commends all stakeholders for the peaceful and orderly conclusion of the presidential election.””The Secretary-General will continue to follow developments in the country through his Special Adviser, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, with the support of the United Nations Country Team, and in close coordination with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and other international partners,” the statement continued. The fifth-largest island in the world, located off the coast of southeast Africa, Madagascar is also home to many unique animal species including its famous lemurs; and a centre for vanilla and cloves production, as well as tourism. read more


I Bet On The Quarterbacks For JetsBrowns In July I Probably Lost

The logic was sound for Scott: Kessler/McCown as the most obvious case, the Browns starter last year up against the least bad Jets passer; Kessler/Hackenberg if the Jets were aggressively tanking; Kizer/McCown if the Jets had back-tracked on tanking and the Browns were attempting to invest in their future; and Kizer/Hackenberg if both teams were racing to the bottom for Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, the presumed No. 1 pick at the time.To the untrained eye, Brock Osweiler going into the season could be the guy: He started the first two preseason games, had been a starting quarterback in two cities and even signed a baffling $72 million contract. To the trained — by which I mean open — eye, Osweiler is an awful quarterback, now riding the bench behind Trevor Siemian in Denver after failing to make the 53-man roster in Cleveland. Hogan, meanwhile, emerged as the sleeper candidate by earning the backup role ahead of incumbent Kessler, giving me some brief hope. But the Browns have fully committed to their rookie Kizer in the past four weeks — undeterred by the lowest QBR in the NFL.For the Jets, it’s been a far weirder ride. They are a team that cannot choose between tanking for Darnold (or Josh Rosen … or Mason Rudolph) and winning enough games to ensure that they do not obtain him. Bryce Petty remains inexplicably in the mix. Hackenberg obtained the No. 2 spot and then promptly lost it. For those questioning the logic of the “other” column, the Jets kicked Jay Cutler’s tires when he was a free agent. And yet, the mediocrity of McCown has helped the Jets win two whole games, all but ensuring that the Jets will not be able to draft a reliable replacement for him next year.All good teams are good for the same reasons, but all bad teams fail for different ones. It’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll owe Red [checks book] several beers. But good God, was the roller coaster worth it: Nothing quite like skin in the game to make the Jet’s inability to tank correctly entertaining. On July 31, I made what will surely be the single most entertaining bet of my NFL season, a down-to-the-wire nail-biter that this Sunday is manifested in either total glory or unspeakable defeat:Who on Earth would be the starting quarterbacks for Jets at Browns in Week 5?The teams, which have been the poster children for “problems behind center” in recent seasons (OK, recent decades), will each presumably field a passer during the Sunday game. The identity of those individuals was a mystery in late July. For the Browns — historically, the kind of quarterback trash fire that other trash fires look at and say, “Oh, God, the smell” — there were five possibilities in July: Brock Osweiler, Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and “other.” For the Jets, who had parted ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier that year, the options were considerably slimmer: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, second-year clipboard holder Christian Hackenberg and, of course, “other.”So here was the bet between me and internet friend Red Scott of Bunker Politics.1Full disclosure, this is our second bet. The first was which number would be higher, the combined wins of the Jets and Browns or the White House tenure of Anthony Scaramucci in months. I won that one. He gave himself even-money odds that he could guess the starting quarterback combo for New York at Cleveland in four tries. I would take the rest of the field. Here’s what he ended up picking: read more


Carlos Hyde I want teams to come out and give us their

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) rushes for a touchdown during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe road ahead is the only one on Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s mind these days.Meyer and the Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) are scheduled to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday to take on Purdue (1-6, 0-3). But even though the Boilermakers have defeated OSU in three out of its last four trips to Ross-Ade Stadium, Meyer said that’s not something he’s thinking about.“We’re just trying to get the win on the road at Purdue,” Meyer said Monday during a press conference.Purdue, who is led by a former Buckeye assistant, has not played since losing on the road to Michigan State Oct. 19, 14-0, and currently sits at the bottom of the Big Ten Leaders Division.The Boilermakers’ early struggles pushed the coaching staff to make major changes schematically on defense, Meyer said.“They changed — they were all 4-3 defense about three weeks ago before the Nebraska game, (and they) changed completely” Meyer said. “They’re now (a 3-4 defense). So that means they’re just going through some personnel issues and some scheme issues … We’re just trying to figure out what we’re going to see Saturday because it’s completely different from the first half of the season.”Although Purdue is currently on a five-game losing streak, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said OSU shouldn’t struggle with finding the motivation to take on the Boilermakers.“Our coaching staff does a great job (motivating) regardless of who we’re playing,” Heuerman said. “Going into Purdue, I was there my freshman year and it didn’t turn out the way that we wanted it. I think there’s a lot of guys on the team that remember that, my class and stuff. This week is a big week for us, and we got something to prove going back to Purdue.”The game Heuerman referred to was a 26-23 overtime Purdue victory in 2011, when OSU tied the game with 55 seconds left in regulation after then-junior running back Jordan Hall made a touchdown reception, but the go-ahead extra point was blocked, sending the game into overtime.OSU kicked a field goal on its opening possession but couldn’t stop Purdue from securing the victory with a one-yard touchdown run from then-junior quarterback Robert Marve.Senior kicker Drew Basil, who attempted the extra point against the Boilermakers, said Monday he remembers the play very well.“Being on a grass field, there was a bare spot where the extra point was so I moved the ball over to the right, maybe six inches, just so I could get a good spot for the hold,” Basil said. “And they blocked it from that right side. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have moved the ball over six inches.”Basil said the loss was tough, but that it’s important for the team to focus on beating Purdue this week.Junior linebacker Curtis Grant was also on the team that day in West Lafayette, and said no matter the records, Purdue always plays well against OSU.“It’s always that one team that’s always out to just get you,” Grant said Monday. “Purdue seems like that, since the last two years that I’ve been here, they’re always out to get us. I’m not expecting anything less.”Grant gave credit to the OSU coaching staff, particularly Meyer, for preventing the team from losing focus during their 20-game winning streak.“Each and every week (the coaches) don’t let us get complacent,” Grant said. “They come out each and every week with a new task, a new challenge for us to complete.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who has rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns since Big Ten play started, said “it’s not difficult at all” to find motivation to play a team with a losing record.“This is a one-game season,” Hyde said Monday. “We can’t take any opponent lightly because we’re Ohio State, so people are going to give us their best shot.”The man leading Purdue this season is Darrell Hazell, who was promoted to assistant head coach at OSU under Jim Tressel in 2005 after being wide receivers and kick returns coach with the Buckeyes for a season. Hazell was named the Boilermakers coach at the end of last season after spending two years as the coach of the Kent State squad.Current OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell coached alongside Hazell under Tressel. He said although Purdue has only won one game so far in 2013, Hazell’s consistency as a coach will allow him to lead the Boilermakers in the right direction.“You don’t change who you are, and that’s what I know about him,” Fickell said Monday. “It’s not like he’s going to be down or he’s going to do something crazy or something different because they’re in the situation that they are. You gotta battle through tough times and when you’re consistent, your young men learn and they learn that from you.”Purdue might be struggling this season, but Hyde said he knows it is going to give OSU its best, just like any team the Buckeyes face.“We’re Ohio State. So people are going to play us their best,” Hyde said. “That’s what I expect. I don’t expect teams to come out and just lay down. I feel like they’re going to come out and give us their best shot. And that’s what I want. I want teams to come out and give us their best shot. So when we win, we say we beat them with their best shot.”Kickoff is slated for noon at Ross-Ade Stadium. read more


Sinn Féin support up Fianna Fáil support down coalition numbers stable

first_imgSUPPORT FOR THE two government parties stabilised this month, as support for their main opposition dipped.The good news for the coalition comes in the latest Sunday Indpendent/Millward Brown poll, as 27 per cent of people say that they would give a first preference to Fine Gael and 9 per cent would vote for Labour.Those figures are down nine and 10 per cent on their election figures respectively.Fianna Fáil, who peaked at 29 per cent in June, is at 24 per cent support, a fall of two per cent on last month.Sinn Féin are the only party to see a bump in support this month, climbing two points to 21. The Green Party is at one per cent support and Independents account for 18 per cent support.Despite the individual party support, 74 per cent of people say they are dissatisfied with the Government. 25 per cent are satisfied with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and 25 per cent with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Marin leads the way with 26 per cent satisfaction and Gerry Adams has 22 per cent, down a point on last month.Read: ‘He’s very highly regarded’: MEPs back Taoiseach for EU job – but they don’t think he’ll take itRead: ‘This country’s gone wild with exaggeration’: 6 winners and 5 losers from the political weeklast_img read more


Neutralité du Net le PS planche sur une proposition de loi

first_imgNeutralité du Net : le PS planche sur une proposition de loiFrance – Alors que le gouvernement a organisé cet été une consultation publique sur le sujet, le député PS de la Nièvre Christian Paul, l’un des spécialistes des questions numériques du parti, entend déposer une proposition de loi visant à garantir la neutralité du net. Pour assurer un accès libre et égal pour tous à la Toile, question qui sera débattue par le Parlement en octobre ou en novembre, Christian Paul travaille sur un projet de loi qu’il a soumis aux internautes, via son blog. “Aujourd’hui, certains acteurs sont tentés, par recherche d’un profit à court terme, de porter atteinte au caractère ouvert et égalitaire de l’internet, de porter atteinte à sa neutralité, notamment en privilégiant tel ou tel type de communication ou certains contenus”, déplore le député sur son site. Les opérateurs télécoms réclament en effet la possibilité de limiter l’accès à certains contenus tout en privilégiant d’autres, ou de proposer des débits garantis moyennant une tarification plus élevée. Le moyen selon eux de faire face à l’explosion du trafic qui menace de saturer les réseaux.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?”Il faut ériger une barrière, une digue face à ces tentations”, estime Christian Paul, qui dans son projet de loi propose notamment que le filtrage et le blocage de l’accès à certains sites par un opérateur ne puissent être mis en œuvre qu’après une décision de justice. La loi interdirait également aux FAI de transmettre des flux de données prioritairement, du moins sans une décision judiciaire. Des règles dont le respect serait surveillé par l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep).Christian Paul invite les internautes à commenter et enrichir son texte, avant de le transmettre au président du groupe PS à l’Assemblée nationale, Jean-Marc Ayrault, pour une proposition de loi déposée au mois de septembre.Le 18 août 2010 à 15:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


8 Netflix Shows that Shouldnt Have Gotten Another Season

first_imgStay on target Friends from CollegeThis is a series that proves it doesn’t matter how talented your cast is. Even the greatest comedic actors can’t overcome a bad script. Even people as charming as Keegan Michael Key and Cobie Smulders can’t make us root for any of these people. It’s possible to build wonderful, successful comedies around unlikable people. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst and Seinfeld all did great things with the formula. But the characters in Friends from College aren’t terrible in that way. They’re just obnoxious. They’re the people you invite when you want to end a party early.  It’s not even fun when things go wrong because the situations are never outlandish, and the scripts are never witty enough to make those things entertaining. It’s a bland, boring comedy. So, of course, Netflix renewed it for a second season. Star power counts for a lot, I guess.BloodlineOh boy, this is a perfect example of why you should quit while you’re ahead. The first season of this thriller series was captivating. We all loved watching this family tear itself apart as darker secrets came to the surface. Plus, outside of the typical end-of-season tease for the next one, it was a fairly complete story. It built to a satisfying conclusion, and we all would have been fine if Bloodline turned out to be a one-off. Then season two happened and it was… fine. It felt less focused and less urgent than the first. But hey, second season slump is a thing. If the show could pull itself together in the third, all would have been fine. It didn’t. It started out promising enough, setting up dramatic threads that just went nowhere. Nothing was wrapped up in a satisfying way, and the third season turned into a painful slog. Bloodline had such a strong start, but the end came two years too late.Benedict Wong, Lorenzo Richelmy (Photo by Phil Bray, via Netflix)Marco PoloWho doesn’t love historical drama? Sword, adventure, the ability to pretend it’s an educational experience… A good historical drama has it all. Marco Polo tried to. The production values on this show were astounding. Netflix has a considerable amount of money, and it was all on the screen during this show. If only they thought of anything interesting to do with it. A boring story that took forever to go anywhere was made worse by a protagonist so wooden you could build the sets with him. Netflix let this thing drag on for two whole seasons before pulling the plug. In total, it lost them $200 million, making Marco Polo the most expensive nap I’ve taken to date. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. For more on the best streaming services to view Netflix on head over to our roundup. Overall, Netflix original series have generally been pretty good. They started out strong with the first season of House of Cards, and the quality has rarely fallen too far below that. Sure, subsequent seasons haven’t been quite as compelling, but I don’t regret the time I’ve spent watching them. (And the upcoming final season will likely be even better without Kevin Spacey and with a focus on Claire, who was always the more interesting character.) There are few Netflix original series that aren’t at least OK. We’re still at the point where a series debuting on the streaming service is reason enough to at least check it out.That said, the service hasn’t been without its stinkers. And since time slots aren’t a thing on the internet, the streaming service has less incentive than traditional TV networks to cancel a show that doesn’t work. Sometime’s it works out. Sometimes a show finds itself in its second season and becomes something better. Other times, the second season, or even just the announcement of one, leaves you shouting “Stop!” at your TV. That’s what happened with these shows.13 Reasons WhyThe big one. There’s still widespread debate about whether the first season should have happened, considering it looked at all the guidelines for how to portray suicide in media and ignored all of them. That’s not even getting into the questionable plot that appeared to glorify the act at times. Then there’s the fact that the book it’s based on was entirely covered in the first season. That lead to a second installment that felt completely unnecessary from moment one, and went for extreme shock value to maintain relevance. Even its claims of realism fall flat because the show is so inept at portraying how humans, even teenage humans, act. And it’s just been renewed for a second season, so we get to go through all of this again next year. And there is no amount of reasons that will ever adequately explain why.Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse, Jae Suh Park, Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, Billy Eichner (Photo via Netflix)center_img Iron FistTo this day, the worst thing Marvel has put out. Even Inhumans, while worse on a technical level, was at least bad in an interesting way. There was nothing entertaining about the first season of Iron Fist. I love the fact that my job requires me to watch endless amounts of Marvel content. It might be my favorite thing about writing for Geek dot com. But Iron Fist was WORK. This was a show that started with an insufferable protagonist and gave him zero character development for 13 episodes. Why? Because they were saving that for The Defenders, a completely different show. It wasn’t just Danny that sunk this season, though. Iron Fist is a kung fu show that couldn’t show you any kung fu. Rather than watch how the other Marvel Netflix series shot action scenes, Iron Fist was full of shaky cam and quick, dizzying cuts that obscured the action. Presumably to hide a stunt double or something. Even worse, the season didn’t even have a real villain until the last two episodes. And by that point, it was hard to care. Iron Fist is getting a second season, and my expectations couldn’t be lower. Defenders miraculously made the character work by pairing him with heroes who refused to put up with his crap. I have no confidence Season Two will have the self-awareness to pull that off. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Arrested DevelopmentIt pains me to say this, but Netflix should have just let this series remain in the past. We were all so excited when we heard the streaming service was reviving it. Finally, this brilliant series would get its due. They even got all the original cast back… just not together. And that was the problem. What made that series work so well was how the actors played off each other. It’s what made the Michael-George Michael scenes so awkward. It’s what led to moments like the conflicting chicken impressions. With Season Four filmed when all the actors were in the middle of several other projects, there was no chance of any of that happening. What we got was a weird shell of what the show once was. Also, as the years have gone by, its become clear that Arrested Development was better as a memory. We could remember all the good jokes and conveniently forget the fact that Season Three got a little too mean-spirited. That Charlize Theron arc was never OK. (Though the Monster gag in it was admittedly hilarious.)Now it’s back for yet another season, and well… it’s a lot better than the fourth. It still doesn’t quite have the magic of seasons one or two, though. And it’s really hard to watch now what Jeffery Tambour is like. I generally try to separate art from the artist, but I just can’t when I know what happened while the cameras weren’t recording. The way he treated Jessica Walter is abhorrent, and the way the rest of the men in the cast defended it in that New York Times interview makes me think less of them. But what it really boils down to is I can’t ignore that the product on screen caused one of my favorite people in it some amount of pain. That sucks, and it cast a shadow over an otherwise enjoyable season.Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron (Photo by Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)Hemlock GroveThere are some abysmal shows on this list, but none were as painful to watch as Hemlock Grove. It was sold as Eli Roth’s take on Twin Peaks with werewolves and vampires thrown in. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Roth’s movies, but the trailers looked super interesting, so I gave it a shot. The one good thing I could say about it was the wolf transformation was cool. It was a unique version of something we’ve seen done so many times in movies and TV. It leaned into the body horror involved in such a transformation in a deliciously, uncomfortably gory way. Too bad everything else about this show was so stupid. The characters were paper thin. There seemed to be no reason behind anything they did or said. The dialog was groan-worthy, the story never went anywhere, and anything you’d normally consider a twist was telegraphed whole episodes in advance. All of this was delivered with some of the worst acting available on the streaming service. Hemlock Grove lasted three whole seasons, which is about two and a half longer than it should have.John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget (Photo by Michael Yarish/Netflix)Fuller HouseI get it. Nostalgia’s hot right now. But how did we convince ourselves that Full House was ever any good, much less deserving of a sequel series? The original show was saccharine, unfunny family fare. The kind of show that thought sentimentality was a substitute for humor. Its Netflix sequel was… that all over again, but in HD this time. The first episode was novel for what it was: a reunion of a show that somehow became a ubiquitous part of millennial childhood. Then, the rest of the season was more of the same. The same unfunny jokes, the same tired sitcom premises, the same people doing the same things over and over again. Even its one good joke, about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen not wanting to return for the show, was repeated so many times over the course of the season it lost all its humor. Even Deadpool would tell the Tanners to cool it with the fourth-wall-breaking jokes. Fuller House was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year, proving there’s no song lyric more ironic than “Whatever happened to predictability?”last_img read more


RAW Highlights Rollins vs Corbin Main Event Rousey vs Natalya Strowman confronts

first_img Jerry Lawler Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 7.25%0:02Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies WWE posted these highlights from the Christmas Eve edition of RAW. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more


Bosnich defends Pogba from horror Tweet vs Mourinho

first_imgFormer United goalie Mark Bosnich, came out to defend Paul Pogba from the unfortunate Tweet he posted after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.There is no question that one of the most unfortunate moments in the Pogba vs Mourinho feud was the way in which it ended, but the Frenchman does have people like Mark Bosnich who are coming out in his defense.The former Manchester United goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sports TV to make his case that Paul Pogba never intended to come across as an insensitive player who celebrated that his manager got sacked.The main reason why Bosnich felt the need to defend Pogba was due to the comments of disdain that Gary Neville had against the midfielder, where he stated that Paul was ‘dancing on Jose Mourinho’s grave’ after posting that Tweet.“There’s two sides to every story, I also saw Gary Neville’s response that he thought it was rubbish the fact that it was a tweet that was scheduled,” Bosnich said to Omnisport via Four Four Two.“I think [ex-Arsenal striker] Ian Wright said that it was a scheduled tweet, so we don’t really know but the bottom line is it shouldn’t have been put out there. His people should’ve thought about the fact that somebody had just been sacked.”“I had the experience at Aston Villa with Ron Atkinson, who was a superb manager as well. Six months after winning the EFL Cup he was sacked by the late Doug Ellis and it’s really not a nice situation.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“With hindsight, regardless of whether it was scheduled or not that tweet shouldn’t have gone out.”“Social media wasn’t around in our era and the bottom line is, way back in that day, there were people in that side at Aston Villa who were feeling and acted privately in the way that it came across in the Pogba Instagram,” Bosnich added.“There wouldn’t have been a similar reaction because now you hit Instagram and it goes to the whole world,” he concluded.This is what @paulpogba tweeted and then deletedWas this an ill-timed sponsored tweet or a perfectly timed dig at departing @ManUtd manager Jose Mourinho? pic.twitter.com/XQdwsinxkm— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) December 18, 2018last_img read more


Messi to hold more talks over Argentina return says Scaloni

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni say he  will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over his return to international action.Messi has not featured for Argentina since they were eliminated by Kylian Mbappe inspired France in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA world cup.The Barcelona playmaker has also given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.Argentina Coach Scaloni who replaced Sampaoli’s says he is planning  to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.“I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni told FourFourTwo on Friday.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.“For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.“He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.last_img read more


UAS tries to draw students as programs fall to budget cuts

first_imgWhile programs and construction projects are dwindling due to budget cuts, the University of Alaska Southeast is looking at enrollment as a way to continue contributing to the Juneau economy in the long run.The Juneau Empire reports that UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield said at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce event Thursday that he is still optimistic despite a tight budget.He says UAS is expanding its marine biology degree program to include fishery, which should add up to 20 students. Other draws to the university include its ongoing recruitment program that allows out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition if they have a family member who receives a Permanent Fund Dividend.Despite growth, the school is cutting its masters of business administration, the pre-engineering and early childhood degree programs.last_img read more


Texas Recovery Czar Calls Out Insurance Companies

first_imgTexas flood recovery czar John Sharp is calling out insurance companies for waiting on FEMA money to decide flood and other Harvey-related claims.“That’s bullshit,” he said in an interview with the Texas Tribune. “That’s not where the money’s supposed to come from. The first money is supposed to come from [the insurance companies].”Sharp’s comment was part of a larger point that he hopes to discourage “self-interest” in the rebuilding process. The czar hopes to curtail rebuilding and new development in flood-prone areas.Watch Texas Tribune’s full interview with recovery czar John Sharp. Sharelast_img read more


Mortal Engines Trailer The Physics of Those Giant Driving Cities

first_imgNext December, there’ll be a new entrant into the end-of-year, blockbuster science fiction movie category: the Peter Jackson film Mortal Engines. A teaser trailer for it dropped just before the holidays, and there’s really only one thing you need to know about it. Driving cities. Driving cities!Now, I know the movie is based on a book series, which probably has a lot of detail about these giant ambulatory dwellings. But I like to try and see what I can figure out just from the trailer itself. So let’s get into some off the wall estimations. It’s what I do![embedded content]How Big Are the Cities?Now, the first driving thing we see in the trailer looks more like just a few buildings. I would hardly call that a city—but no matter what it’s called, I need to estimate the size of this thing so that I can use it to calculate the driving speed.If I assume that these are normal buildings on top of the moving thingy, then I can use the building size as my scale. Typically, one story level is about 3 meters (even Wikipedia says so) which means that the part of the vehicle that looks to be about four stories (just a guess) would be 12 meters tall. I can then use something like Tracker Video Analysis to measure the other dimensions.Here you can see I get a height (from the ground to about the top) of 25.18 meters with a width of 23.21 meters. Clearly this is not exact. You can change the estimate of the story height (or even the number of stories) to get a different value. However, it is probably going to be from about 18 to 30 meters wide. There’s no way it would be something like 100 meters wide—that’s just not plausible. Yeah, I know, I just said “plausible” in a discussion about giant driving cities.What about the giant driving city of London? Here is a view of both the smaller city right in front of London.From this, I get a width of the London thingy to be about 489 meters. That’s big, but it’s still pretty small for a city.But wait! There’s another way to get an estimate for the size of this driving city—at least for the smaller one. At one point in the trailer, this giant vehicle jumps off a cliff. It looks pretty cool—but I can also use this get the size. I need to assume two things: First, that this movie takes place on Earth with Earth-like gravity and a vertical acceleration of 9.8 m/s2. The second assumption is that the giant vehicle drives off the cliff with an initially horizontal velocity.If both of these assumptions are correct, then the city starts with an initial vertical velocity of 0 m/s and falls down some height. I can estimate this falling height based on the falling time by using the following kinematic equation (this version only works for zero initial velocity in the vertical direction).In this equation, y0 is the starting height and g is the vertical acceleration. By looking at the video, I get a falling time of about 0.54 seconds. Putting this value in for t, I get a cliff height of around 1.4 meters. Sure, this height depends on the falling time—which is sort of difficult to find. But even if the fall time was 1 second, the drop would only be about 4.9 meters high. So, it’s not a super big drop.Looking back at the video, this drop height might be somewhere around half the total height of the driving city. That would put the height at anywhere from 3 meters to 10 meters (I guess I don’t really need to point out that this is a significantly smaller estimation than before). So I’m just going to stick with my first size value.How Fast Are They Moving?Now that I have a size estimate, I can use this scale to plot the motion of the smaller moving city as seen from above. Here is a plot of both the x and y-motion during that time.Based on the slopes of these two lines, I can get the average x and y-velocity for this clambering thing and the magnitude of the average velocity. From this, I get an approximate speed of 26.4 m/s (or almost 60 mph). Yes, that’s pretty fast for a driving city. Although, come to think of it, I’ve never seen a driving city. Maybe this is OK.I still don’t really know what this movie is all about, but there are still some interesting questions left. I am going to leave some of these as the following homework questions.HomeworkGet a rough estimate of the size of the bigger driving city—the one that’s supposed to be London. A rough estimate is way better than no estimate. You can do itWhat is the mass of both cities? Yes, this can be quite tough. I think the best approach is to start with the average density of the city. What if you calculate the density of a normal car and use that same value?For a cruising speed of 26 m/s, how much air resistance will be on these vehicles?Assuming an acceleration of 1 m/s2 (I just picked a value), how much power would it take to get this thing up to cruising speed?Use your estimate of air drag and calculate the power needed to drive at a constant 26 m/s. How many miles per gallon would this sucker get?At one point, the giant city shoots harpoons at the small city. Approximate the distance between the two vehicles and calculate the minimum harpoon launch speed. Also use the flight time for the harpoons to get a second estimate of the launch speed.Use your mass estimate along with an approximate of the size of the wheels (in particular the contact area with the ground). Calculate the pressure between the wheels and the ground. Would this pressure be small enough to prevent the giant car-city from sinking into the ground as it drives?As the small driving city attempts to evade the larger city, it appears to make a turn. What circular radius could the city drive in such a way that the people inside only experience a circular acceleration of 1 m/s2?Use video analysis to attempt to find the acceleration of the city as it turns.last_img read more


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first_img TyRx Inc. launched its AIGISRX ICD, an anti-bacterial envelope developed to help reduce surgical site infections and create a stable environment for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The launch of AIGISRX ICD extends TyRx’s AIGISRX CRMD (cardiac rhythm management device) platform to the implantable cardioverter defibrillator market. The AIGISRX CRMD platform also includes AIGISRX PM, the company’s anti-bacterial coated mesh designed specifically for implanted pacemakers. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 30, 2008 Anti-bacterial Envelope Reduces Surgical Site Infections Associated With ICDs last_img read more


Yellen Fed still on track to raise rates this year

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “Based on my outlook, I expect that it will be appropriate at some point later this year to take the first step to raise the federal funds rate,” Yellen said, referring to the Fed’s key short-term interest rate, which has been at a record low near zero since December 2008.But she also outlined a host of concerns, from weak wage growth to a low labor participation rate to “disappointing” productivity. She reiterated that inflation is still well below the Fed’s 2 percent target. Yellen also noted that cautious business owners “have not substantially increased their capital expenditures.”Yellen, whose comments came in a speech in Cleveland, said even when the Fed does start raising rates, the increases will be gradual.New potential risks have emerged since the Fed’s June 16-17 meeting, including the on-going Greek debt crisis and a sharp plunge in China’s stock market over the past month.Yellen noted in her speech that the “situation in Greece remains unresolved.” But she also said that the economic recovery in the 18-nation Eurozone “appears to have gained a firmer footing.” She did not mention developments in China at all, nor was she asked about Greece or China during a question-and-answer period following the speech. Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Yellen is scheduled to deliver the Fed’s mid-year economic report to Congress next week.___Associated Press writer Mark Gillespie in Cleveland contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img The recent developments have prompted many economists to push back their projections for the Fed’s first rate hike from September to December. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on July 28-29, but there is no expectation the Fed will make a move then.“We want to see further improvements in the labor market and with inflation running as low as it is, we want to feel reasonably confident that inflation will move up” in the next two to three years, Yellen said in outlining the landscape that will determine the timing of the first rate increase.But she added that it would be wrong to “over-emphasize” the Fed’s initial move.What will matter more to the economy is not when the first rate hike happens but how quickly the Fed moves rates higher afterward, she said. Because rates are likely to climb gradually, interest rates will stay at low levels for some time.Asked what she saw as the biggest threats facing the U.S. economy, Yellen said her major focus was to learn from the mistakes made in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.“This was a devastating event that took an enormous toll on our economy,” she said.She said the Federal Reserve needs to be “much more vigilant and much better prepared” in an effort to make sure that the financial system does not see a repeat of the 2008 crisis. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.She described the outlook for the economy and inflation as “highly uncertain,” amid lingering weakness in the labor market and new potential threats overseas.Yellen, speaking on the economy for the first time since the Fed’s June meeting, saw reasons for encouragement. Consumer spending appears to be picking up, and employment is likely to keep expanding, she said. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more